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John Franklin Sawyer ...
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Paul
Ginnie Randall ...
Virginia
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Father
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Mother
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Lucinda
Alice Rogers ...
Cloris
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Edmonia (as Monica Bugajski)
Daniel Treat ...
Little Mole
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Trixie
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Smut
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Captain
Doug Chancey ...
Dock Worker
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In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for language and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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23 September 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il Profumo di un Giorno d'estate  »

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$16,669 (USA) (25 September 1998)

Gross:

$20,167 (USA) (25 September 1998)
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Trivia

Harvey Keitel and Martin Sheen learned their accents for this film from James L.W. West, while Andie MacDowell, who is a native Southerner, developed her own accent. Keitel spent most of a day talking with West and taping his speech. Sheen later listened to these tapes. See more »

Goofs

The pickup truck on the ferry with them was newer than 1936. See more »

Quotes

[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Paul: Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Mrs. Whitehurst: Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Music by Charles Crozat Converse and lyrics by Joseph M. Scriven
Performed by Clarinda Hollmond
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An excellent film about human dignity.
9 March 1999 | by (Edmonton Canada) – See all my reviews

I knew nothing of this movie, and chose it based on its stars, whom I have enjoyed in the past. The movie was an immensely pleasant surprise. I was most taken by intrinsic goodness and respect for dignity of the obviously low class, hard cussin', hard drinkin', smelly, Dabneys. Excellent.


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